Vilmos Szabó was principal tubist of the Budapest Symphony (Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio) and retired at the age of 66 after filling this position for forty years.
He was the founding member of Modern Brass Ensemble (a.k.a. Hungarian Brass) and of the Austrian Pro Brass where he played for 21 years before retiring. He also played in Budapest Brass and Brass ad Libitum
He has received several awards, e.g. Absolute First Prize in Ancona, Italy, Niveaux Award of the Hungarian Radio and also of the Hungarian Copyright Bureau (Artisjus) for performing and promoting Hungarian contemporary music at home and abroad with the Modern Brass Ensemble, and a Cultural Grand Prix of the Cultural Minister of Upper Austria with Pro Brass.
He was one of the founders of the Hungarian Trombone-Tuba Association, was its president for eight years, and also served as the vice-president. He has been a member of ITEA since 1984 and, at the ITEC in Budapest in 2004 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in HTTA and for the international acknowledgement of the society of Hungarian tuba and trombone players.
-International Tuba Euphonium Association